2018 NFL Mock Draft: Mid-August Update

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CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 25: Bradley Chubb
CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 25: Bradley Chubb /

13. Cleveland Browns (via Hou)- Tarvarus McFadden, CB, Florida State

After landing Sam Darnold earlier in this mock draft, the Cleveland Browns now turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball. This is a team that could use some help in the secondary—especially at the cornerback position.

The long-term future of veteran Joe Haden is a bit cloudy as he gets more expensive. A ball hawk like Florida State’s Tarvarus McFadden would be a solid replacement.

I wouldn’t rule out a wide receiver at this spot. Someone like Clemson’s Deon Cain or Florida State’s Auden Tate could eventually rise into this spot.

14. Carolina Panthers- Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

The Carolina Panthers addressed the offensive side of the ball in the 2017 NFL Draft and how shift back to the defense. This team needs a young edge rusher to eventually replace the aging Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson.

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Bradley Chubb is a fast-developing player who can generate pressure and support the run. He has the size to play the traditional defensive end role which fits Carolina’s attack.

15. Baltimore Ravens- James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

James Washington is one of the more underrated players in this draft class. He’s a major playmaker who excels in contested situations. His ability to use his frame to box out the defender allows him to attack the football.

Washington’s ability to attack the deep part of the field fits in perfectly with Joe Flacco’s strengths. The Baltimore Ravens need to find a young stud at wide receiver. They also need to realize that Breshad Perriman may never be consistently healthy.

16. Detroit Lions- Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State

I have Derrick Nnadi rated as a top-10 prospect who features a ton of upside. He’s a versatile defender who is stout against the run and can generate some pressure on the quarterback. Don’t be surprised if he continues to rise up everyone’s board as the season progresses.

The Detroit Lions have a solid roster base, but are getting thin along the defensive line. Nnadi would provide an inside threat to help draw attention away from start pass rusher Ziggy Ansah.